The Nats wrapped up Day 3 of the 2022 MLB Draft by continuing two contrarian trends to their usual m.o. – H.S. picks and position players. Here’s the breakdown after 20 picks:
POSITION PLAYERS – 13
PITCHERS – 7
HS – 6
JuCO – 1
College So. – 1
College Jr. – 6
College Sr. – 6
Don’t worry, one of the college seniors turns 24 in September, and, they went legacy again by picking the son of a franchise legend, Marquis Grissom, Jr. So not all of the old habits were broken.
Now, we wait to see how the chips will fall. Assuming the rosters online are accurate—which they probably are not—Washington has 189 players listed. The domestic limit is reportedly 150 active, 180 total, and 190 in the offseason.
Setting aside any exceptions, loopholes, or other roster shenanigans, it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that some releases have to be coming. Maybe not 20 – that would be way too easy/logical – but probably double digits, no?
As noted in the comments, a mass release used to happen at the end of spring training (e.g. 2016). Now, with the elimination of the NYPL and the shifting of the draft forward a month, it appears this may the new normal. After all, we can’t really look to last year, given the releases that came at the end of May 2020 effectively served the same purpose.
Don’t worry – only one more day to the MiLB All-Star Break (don’t get me started on how those have gone away).